Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Countdown to change...

There have been so many changes in our lives as of late... School is almost over and here is my countdown to summer and other new adventures:

10 more days of M,W,F classes
9 more days until we get the key to our new apartment!
8 assignments left in my statistics class
7 more nights of evening classes
6 days until the 4 year anniversary of when Gabe and I started fake dating (I plan on having fun with this one)
5 months until our 1 year anniversary and our real honeymoon
4 glorious months for lots of projects
3 more semesters until I can graduate with my bachelors
2 degrees away from starting our dreams
1 life that I am so grateful to be living

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the lesson is in how you respond...

I used to have a horrible time getting along with girls... for the most part.
When I got to college I think I finally understood why and so I started hanging out with different kinds of girls.

But, there are people you can't escape. Family members, co-workers and those who I tend to run into no matter my attempts to avoid them. At first, I couldn't understand why certain people acted the way they did.

But now, I get it. And now that I get it, I think it's even more pathetic. Girls, or more generally people act this way and do these things because they are intimidated.
I'm not saying I have a perfect life or that I am this amazingly perfect person.

But sometimes people don't appreciate their own lives and sometimes they think that they would rather live mine.

There are many people I admire and seek to follow their qualities.
I would LOVE to be at a point in my life where I get to be a stay at home mom and run my household. But, that isn't where I am and so I enjoy those who get to be at that point in their lives.

What I don't do is talk about them behind their backs and belittle who they are or the imperfections they have. I don't take something they said or did forever ago and hold it over their heads and I try my best to not paint them in a light that they wouldn't appreciate.

Why can't they do the same? Why is it that people cannot see themselves for who they are and appreciate what Heavenly Father has blessed them with?

Why can't they use the potential they have to better themselves instead of comparing themselves to others?

I don't know...

But one thing I do know is I am going to instill a sense of self-worth in my children that has nothing to do with their comparison to others and everything to do with their relationship with their Father in Heaven.

And in the meantime?
Sorry you can't be a "loser like me"

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sometimes I forget...

The dreams I made for myself when I was younger. Tonight a close friend came over and as we were talking to him I remembered the promise I made to myself and to society I suppose.

I am going to help people
I am going to travel in the world
I am going to understand others and their cultures
I am going to be a great mother and wife
I am going to live up to the potential God has for me
I am going to start making plans, now that I am married and will be graduating soon enough, these are no longer dreams but goals that I need to start working on or they will never become realities.

Good thing I am all about goals and doing what it takes to achieve them.

Friday, March 4, 2011

you're not like me...

One of my favorite human experiences is connecting with those around me, especially those who are so different from me. Sure, it's great to have things in common but I love learning new things about people's beliefs, the way life is lived by each person, etc.

Maybe this is why I am studying human development...

What did you learn about someone today?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I love BYU

Oh gag some of you might say, but don't judge me quite yet.
Today Gabe and I went to the University forum for extra credit in one of his classes. Usually I am annoyed that half of campus is shut down for an hour but today I really enjoyed what BYU has to offer.

Jim Brau is a finance professor who teaches at BYU. He is also a convert to the LDS church(someone who joined the LDS church after they were eight-years-old, many times when they are in their adult years) and served in the US Army. I already had great respect for this man before I knew all of those things because of the things Gabe has said about his class, and after today my respect for him is even more profound.

Many times it seems that I forget that I am in college to learn. I think that I am just here to get a degree but that I need to rush through it as soon as possible and spend only as much time as I absolutely have to, to get the grade. I forget how much I love to learn.

But today, Jim Brau reminded me of the purpose of coming to college and more specifically to BYU.

Do you know why you are where you're at in life, doing whatever it is you are doing? If you have forgot maybe its time to step back and take a moment to remember, and if you can't remember maybe its time to move on.